Steve's Old HDD Articles

  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
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    Dear Guest Visitor → Once you register and log-in please checkout the “Tips & Tricks” page for some very handy tips!

  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

    GRC's “BootAble” freeware allows anyone to easily create BIOS-bootable media in order to workout and confirm the details of getting a machine to boot FreeDOS through a BIOS. Once the means of doing that has been determined, the media created by SpinRite can be booted and run in the same way.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    You may click on the image to the right to obtain your own copy of BootAble. Then use the knowledge and experience documented here to boot your computer(s) into FreeDOS. And please do not hesitate to ask questions – nowhere else can better answers be found.

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Sep 30, 2020
More specifically, these are the three Steve Gibson articles the French site chose to make available in text format. disks2.txt was referenced in SN! 801 on 2021-01-12. The link is available on page 13 of the show notes from that episode, and disks1.txt and disks3.txt are in the same directory.

Now, get all three here! I'll attach them to the message because this message editor limits messages to 10000 characters; the files each contain more than that.
Please view using a fixed-width font such as Courier or Consolas or your preferred font in a window or 💗fullscreen💗 at a width of 80 characters for Maximum Pleasure! 😂 🕹️(joystick included because it contained "joy," but if you can scroll a .txt file using a joystick attached via a serial (9-pin or 15-pin) or PS/2 port in 80-character width full screen text mode, you deserve bonus points! 💯


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